Pentaschistis natalensis Stapf

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Pentaschistis natalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
World's View, Nyanga

Pentaschistis natalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
World's View, Nyanga

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Slender and wiry, tufted perennial grass, up to 75 cm; leaf laminas up to 30 cm × 2.5 mm (when flattened), loosely pilose or glabrous, finely pointed. Inflorescence a very loose and open pyramidal panicle, 8–20 cm long. Spikelets 6-9 mm, pale yellow with a purple base with fine bristles on the lemmas, 1–3(5)-nerved; lemmas elliptic to oblong-elliptic, the body 3–3.5 mm long, the lobes acute, 0.5–1 mm long, each with a fine bristle up to 3 mm long; central awn geniculate, 7–16 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: natalensis: of Natal, South Africa
Habitat: In exposed montane grassland in patches among bases of rocks or on thin soil overlying rocks
Altitude range: 1980 - 2590 m
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Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa
Malawi distribution: S
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Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 6 - 7. (Includes a picture).

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 54.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 108.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 151.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 86.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pentaschistis natalensis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pentaschistis natalensis
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Pentaschistis natalensis., retrieved 21 April 2024

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